May 2017 bring encounter = "to come upon face-to-face; to come upon or experience especially unexpectedly"
Encounter God and others! My one resolution!! Happy new year!
|Although the Year of Mercy has officially ended, the mission of mercy remains at the heart of the Christian vocation. Motivated by our desire to work for authentic peace, a peace which can often only be achieved through heroic acts of mercy, the friars covered the song, “Brother,” by The Brilliance. You are invited to read the reflection and then have “Brother” accompany you as you invite the Lord to speak to, and work in, your heart.|
Although the Year of Mercy has officially ended, the mission of mercy remains at the heart of the Christian vocation. Motivated by our desire to work for authentic peace, a peace which can often only be achieved through heroic acts of mercy, the friars covered the song, “Brother,” by The Brilliance. You are invited to read the reflection and then have “Brother” accompany you as you invite the Lord to speak to, and work in, your heart.
“It has been just a simple surrender, a simple ‘yes’ to Christ in allowing Him to do what He wants. The hand tells the pencil and the pencil obeys. That is why the work is His work. I’m just a little pencil in His hand. Tomorrow, if He finds somebody more helpless, more stupid, more hopeless, I think He will do still greater things with her and through her.”
“My own Jesus, do with me as You wish – as long as You wish without a single glance at my feelings and pain. I am your own. Imprint on my soul and life the sufferings of Your Heart.”
- Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Born: August 26, 1910
Died: September 5, 1997
Beatified: October 19, 2003 by Pope Saint John Paul II
in the Holy Year of Mercy
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The pencil image in front is an adaptation from the photo of Marie Constantin © 2003 drawn by Bro. Diego Joseph, CFR on the occasion of Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization
It’s a strange ending to a beautiful dialog. After meeting Jesus, the woman at the well runs back into Samaria exclaiming: “Come, see the man who told me everything I ever did!” Why did it touch her so deeply that Jesus knew her faults and her sins? On the surface she perceived him to be a prophet and he revealed himself to be the Messiah, yet it was more than these bare facts that moved her. It was, I believe the tenor of his voice and the look of his eyes and his promise of life giving water. More than believing him to be the Savior, this woman found him to be a Savior who loved her personally and deeply.
Yes, Jesus told her everything she ever did. What moved her, though, was that in all of it, he loved her. Jesus loved her for who she was upon their meeting. And He had more for her! While she wanted only water that would make her thirst again, he loved her so much that he desired to give her water that would well up unto eternal life. This is the fascinating reality of God’s love. It is extravagant, beyond our expectations. When it hits us, it surprises us because we’ve done nothing to deserve it nor could we ever have imagined it.
Jesus is able to pierce through the crusty exterior of her heart into its fleshy center where his light becomes the source of the living waters which flow clearly and warmly through the soul. In their dialog at the well, each heart was laid open to the other. Again, I think what surprised the woman wasn’t just that Jesus knew all about her, but that knowing it, he loved her deeply and desired everything beautiful for her—the most beautiful thing, of course, being the happiness of her heart: her salvation.
+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR
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